The programme is a 6-month leadership and placement programme which offers 16-18 year old’s across Cumbria the chance to learn about leadership, career opportunities and business, and gain potentially life-changing opportunities by joining other Cumbrian businesses and host partners taking part in Dream Placement 2022 organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance.
Applications are now open to all young people aged 16-18 across Cumbria. The programme provides every young person applying the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and confidence and gain a greater understanding of the breadth of career opportunities available within our organisation and across Cumbria whilst competing to secure their Dream Placement in February 2022 half-term week engaging with our business or other host companies. The closing date for applications is October 25th.
This a fantastic scheme where all young people applying gain vital development opportunities and would therefore encourage anyone eligible to apply.
The unique programme exploring business and leadership changed last year to take account of Covid-19 restrictions and safety advice, with virtual and real-life engagement, and more on-line contact and interaction. This year a more hybrid approach taking the best of virtual and reflecting new remote-working practices introduced by companies will be encouraged through application and development activity, and during the week spent with businesses over the February 2022 half-term break. North West Projects, along with up to 40 other Dream Placement host company partners who help fund the scheme, will offer Dream Placements next year, ranging from major nuclear players to small and medium-size companies across a range of sectors.
Every applicant will get one-to-one guidance and benefit from meeting other students, professionals, and business leaders through Cumbria Future Leaders. The network now involves almost 1000 young people, brokering links with employers and other youth groups.
The format for the placement Week is still being developed in partnership with Centre for Leadership performance and other partners and will vary from company to company, depending on their safe working procedures at that time. The Dream Placement will combine face to face interaction where possible and “virtual” online interaction between the placement candidates and their hosts and provide opportunities to collaborate with other employees and placement candidates.
This innovative programme will offer students a unique insight into how leaders operate, how we as businesses are adapting to change and will provide us and other businesses the opportunity to gain young people’s perspectives and insights on business challenges or projects and showcase the range of careers and skills within organisations taking part. Where possible there will also be face to face engagement opportunities including carefully controlled site visits and student presentations.